Smoked Chicken Wings make the best appetizer. The chicken wings are coated in a delicious dry rub and smoked to perfection with a crispy skin.
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We love making smoker recipes because of the flavor and how easy it is cook. My kids love chicken wings and now they request these delicious smoked chicken wings anytime we have a game day party.
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Why This Recipe Works
- Prep Time – It takes less than five minutes to prepare the chicken wings to smoke.
- Simple Ingredients – Feel free to use seasoning of your choice.
- Crowd Favorite – Chicken wings are the first to go when I make them for our family gatherings. They are easy to eat and always taste amazing.
- Amazing Texture – Because you do a reverse sear on these chicken wings, it creates a delicious crispy texture but still remain juicy on the inside.
- Chicken Wings if whole, cut the chicken wings into sections
- Baking Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom to see the recipe card.
- Chicken Wings – Some grocery stores will sell chicken wings already cut into the perfect wingettes. But you can also prepare whole chicken wings or use drumettes to make this recipe.
- Seasoning – Feel free to use different seasoning to add to the dry rub. Adding in a teaspoon of paprika, chili powder, onion powder or cayenne pepper gives the smoked wing amazing flavor.
- Wood Chips – You can use different flavor of wood chips to cook the wings. You can use hickory, pecan, cherry wood or oak wood chips. Mesquite wood chips will also work or a combination of two. You can also use a pellet smoker to make this recipe.
- Sweet and Savory Flavor – For a hint of sweetness, add in a tablespoon of brown sugar to the dry rub mixture.
Step by Step Instructions
- Step 1 – Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 2 – Dry the wings off with paper towels as much as possible.
- Step 3 – Place the wings in a large zip lock bag.
- Step 4 – Add in the baking powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Step 5 – Seal the bag and toss to evenly coat the wings with the mixture.
- Step 6 – Place the chicken wings directly on the grates in the smoker. Smoke for 30-45 minutes, rotating the wings halfway through the cook time.
- Step 7 – Increase the heat on the smoker to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook them for 10-15 minutes, flipping them halfway. Cook on high heat until the chicken wings reach an internal temp of 175 degrees Fahrenheit and the skin on the wings is crispy.
- Step 8 – Remove from the smoker. Let the wings rest for 10 minutes and then they are ready to serve with your favorite sauce and barbecue sauce and enjoy!
- Coat Wings – For best results, make sure to coat the chicken completely with dry rub.
- Smoking Wings – You will place the wings directly on the grill grates in the smoker.
- Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings – If you prefer a crispier skin, feel free to place the wings in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes.
How Long to Smoke Chicken Wings
Cooking time will vary when smoking chicken wings. You will smoke the wings at a low temperature for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Then increase the heat to smoke the wings for additional 15 minutes. This will help to create a crispy skin.
Make sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
You can either dip the wings in your favorite type of wing sauce or coat them fully before serving. We love to baste the wings with BBQ Sauce or buffalo sauce as soon as they are finished cooking.
Our favorite dipping sauce includes blue cheese dressing, ranch or hot sauce. I also like to serve with a veggie tray loaded with carrots, celery and broccoli.
Frequently Asked Questions
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Yes, these chicken wings can be prepared on a charcoal grill or gas grill.
We recommend reheating in the oven to keep the crispy texture. You can also place in the air fryer for a few minutes at 350 degrees to reheat.
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Smoked Chicken Wings
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dry the wings off with paper towels as much as possible.
- Place the wings in a large zip lock bag.
- Add in the baking powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Seal the bag and toss to evenly coat the wings with the mixture.
- Place the chicken wings directly on the grates in the smoker. Smoke for 30-45 minutes, rotating the wings halfway through the cook time.
- Increase the heat on the smoker to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook them for 10-15 minutes, flipping them halfway, until the chicken wings reach an internal temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit and the skin on the wings is crispy.
- Remove from the smoker. Let the wings rest for 10 minutes and then they are ready to serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
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